Last weekend, Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced that the VA would issue emergency checks to veterans who are awaiting overdue GI Bill payments. The Secretary stated that veterans would have to travel to one of 57 veterans affairs regional offices (VARO) to obtain the emergency checks, and that a limited number of veterans representatives would visit campuses with large student-veteran populations.
The Secretary announced today that veterans will now have the option to go online to apply for emergency funds. Student-veterans will be eligible for up to $3000 to assist with tuition and living expenses.
The option of applying online alleviates the inconvenience of traveling to a VARO.